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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics and Capitol Hill, and spent eight years on the foreign desk as senior diplomatic correspondent. He is currently the deputy editor for politics. In addition, he has reviewed books and written feature stories for the newspaper and authored The Times' weekly chess column since 1993. He is also senior writer for Washington GolfStyles, a monthly publication covering the Mid-Atlantic golf scene.


Articles by David R. Sands

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference at the IMF in Washington, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, to announce the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

IMF promotes China's yuan to elite basket of currencies

China checked off one of its top priorities as an emerging economic superpower when the International Monetary Fund on Monday announced it will be including the Chinese yuan in the elite basket of world currencies it uses to help finance its work with countries around the world. Published November 30, 2015

Yip-Bach after 26. Qe3.

DAVID R. SANDS: Carissa Yip wins silver for U.S. at World Youth chess event

India was the big winner and the U.S. team came home with some hardware but no gold at the just-completed World Youth Class Championships in Halkidiki, Greece. Indian youngsters took home gold medals in five age categories, including a surprise gold for WFM M Mahalakshimi in the Under-18 Girls section. Published November 11, 2015

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro answers questions from the media during a news conference at the opening of the Nobu Hotel at the City of Dreams Casino at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, on May 18, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

De Niro may be weighing Russian citizenship

Academy Award-winning U.S. actor Robert De Niro isn't ruling out applying for Russian citizenship, following in the footsteps of such celebrities as French actor Gerard Depardieu and former U.S. heavyweight boxing champ Roy Jones Jr. Published November 11, 2015

DAVID R. SANDS: Felipe El Debs tops field at Washington Chess Congress

There was an unfamiliar name at the top of the leaderboard as GM Felipe El Debs emerged as the sole winner of the second annual Washington Chess Congress last month at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, going 71/2-11/2 in the 47-player Premier section field that included five grandmasters and a number of other titled entrants. Published November 3, 2015

DAVID R. SANDS: Bobby Fischer's priestly second shines in new biopic

The Bobby Fischer biopic "Pawn Sacrifice," which we wrote about here last week, offers another extra kick for the serious chess fan, giving the full Hollywood treatment to one of the American game's most interesting and underappreciated players — William Lombardy, who was Bobby's sorely tried second in the 1972 title match with Spassky in Reykjavik. Published October 20, 2015

Holt-Le after 27. Nd5.

DAVID R. SANDS: Chess in the dark -- should we accept 'Pawn Sacrifice'?

Watching the new Bobby Fischer movie "Pawn Sacrifice" as a professional writer on chess is an interesting experience. While the rest of the audience was focused on whether Fischer (played by Tobey Maguire) could overcome his personal demons and persecution complex to achieve his dream of greatness, I was far more moved when Fischer was considering whether to take that poisoned pawn with his bishop in the famous Game 1 of his 1972 title match with Boris Spassky. Published October 13, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives at a rally Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, held by the Culinary Union to support a union drive at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Asian investors fret over 'Hillary risk'

She's having enough trouble trying to calm nervous Democrats about the state of her 2016 presidential bid, but now front-runner Hillary Clinton has another constituency that needs reassurance -- Asian financial markets. Published October 13, 2015

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands after a meeting at U.N. buffer zone at Ledra Palace Hotel in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus in September. The heads of Cyprus' Christian and Muslim communities are meeting with the ethnically divided island's rival leaders to lend their support to ongoing reunification talks. (Associated Press)

In Cyprus, hopes for a thaw in a long-frozen standoff

It ranks among the world's oldest frozen conflicts, but an "unusual alignment of the stars" is raising new hopes that Cyprus may soon be on the road to reunification, the top diplomat of the divided island's Turkish Cypriot government said in an interview. Published October 6, 2015

Hilik Bar, a deputy speaker of the Knesset, said Israel's major parties were lined up behind Likud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in opposing the agreement with Tehran, which will give Iran relief from punishing international sanctions in exchange for more restrictions and monitoring of its suspect nuclear programs for the next decade. (Associated Press)

Israel needs U.S. military aid, intelligence sharing in wake of Iran deal, top lawmaker says

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Having struck a nuclear deal with Iran over Israel's strong objections, the Obama administration and its allies now must step up to ensure the security of the Jewish state through military aid and greater intelligence-sharing, a top foreign policy voice for Israel's opposition Labor Party said in an interview. Published September 22, 2015

Liberal Catholics have clearly been exhilarated and energized by the statements and early moves of Pope Francis, elected to succeed the more-conservative Pope Benedict in March 2013. (Associated Press)

Pope Francis' message may divide U.S. Catholics

The messenger will be guaranteed a warm welcome, but his message may prove more divisive as America's Catholics prepare to greet Pope Francis for a history-making six-day visit starting Tuesday. Published September 21, 2015

Kremlin: No plans for Putin, Obama to meet at U.N. gathering

He has Pope Francis on his schedule, but Russian President Vladimir Putin right now has no plans to meet with President Obama when he travels to New York later this month for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the U.N. General Assembly, the Russian leader's spokesman said Thursday. Published September 10, 2015